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'Most English clubs are losing money'
ESPN Staff
January 20, 2014

Martyn Thomas, former chairman of the RFU, has warned that most of the top English clubs are struggling financially and keen to boost income.

Speaking on a BBC discussion programme, he said: "There is no crock of gold at the end of the rugby rainbow. There is merely pain and in fact cost.

"The majority of English clubs are losing money significantly and that's a problem in fairness that's replicated in Wales. In England it is far easier to get sponsorship - there is more money available."

Thomas said that a proposed Anglo-Welsh Premiership offered advantages to clubs in both countries if there was no unified European competition.

"I think for the WRU and for the regions the issue for them is where they can bring extra money to the game."

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